Swim coach Rick Walker directs his team during stretching Monday at the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium. The Salukis will compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Thursday through Saturday.

Salukis hope to finish with a splash

The Saluki men’s swimmers and divers have their work cut out for them in their biggest tournament of the season. SIU will compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships Thursday through Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y. Coach Rick Walker said he isn’t ... Continue Reading →
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Aaron versus athletes: Pamela Benitez

For the first time in my life, I shaved my legs. Of course, there is a reason for a 19-year-old male to do this. I had challenged senior swimmer Pamela Benitez to a freestyle swimming race. I had heard shaving can help swimmers better their times from ... Continue Reading →
Junior freestyle swimmer Mardi Buchanan, a junior from Overland Park, Kan., practices the backstroke
Tuesday during practice in the Edward J Shea Natatorium. The Salukis will host the Missouri Valley Conference
championships Friday and Saturday. The SIU women’s swim team last won the tournament in 2007.

Salukis hope to end Missouri State’s run

The Saluki women’s swimming and diving team has prepared all season for this weekend. SIU will host the Missouri Valley Conference swimming and diving championships at the Edward J. Shea Natatorium in the Recreation Center. Preliminaries start Thursday ... Continue Reading →
Andrew Spencer, a junior swimmer from Knoxville Tenn., studying cinema, balances a tripod in much the same way he balances his time between swimming and his cinema studies. “It’s very hard to balance,” Spencer said. “A lot of people underestimate how much work goes into an arts degree”.

Swimmer brings creative mind to team

A Saluki swimmer contributed a fun video, which could help recruitment in the future. Junior swimmer Andrew Spencer made a music video of the team’s trip to Puerto Rico during winter break, and it already has more than 1,000 views on YouTube. Spencer ... Continue Reading →
Swimmers from SIU and Evansville University compete in the backstroke Saturday at the Edward J Shea Natatorium.
Both SIU men’s and women’s swim and diving teams won their respective meets, with the men winning 186-45 and the
women 156.5-86.5. The meet was the last for both the Salukis and Aces this year before they compete in their conference
championship meet later this month.

Seniors recall time lapse before final laps

The senior swimmers and divers were honored Saturday before jumping in the pool for their last regular season meet against the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Prior to the meet, 16 seniors received recognition from fans, coaches and teammates to ... Continue Reading →

Salukis fall to top-tier teams

The men’s and women’s swimming team did not win any of the 32 events from a four-team meet during the weekend, but the team’s coach said he found plenty of positives at the Missouri Quad invitational. Coach Rick Walker said he was not displeased ... Continue Reading →

Minkels bring family flavor to swim team

College is a time in many people’s lives where they have to say goodbye to family and start a new, unfamiliar life. Susan and George Minkel said they are fortunate to have each other in Carbondale, some 300 miles away from the rest of their family in ... Continue Reading →

Swim team dominates season’s first events

Saluki swimmers took three of four events against Illinois State and Evansville during its season-opening weekend. Coach Rick Walker said the events would be some of the toughest the team will see all season. The Salukis competed against female-only team ... Continue Reading →

Swimmers ready for season opener

Saluki swimming coach Rick Walker said the team is ready to go after months away from competition. “The bottom line is, we want to get in and compete,” he said. The Saluki swimming and diving team will compete in its first season event against Illinois ... Continue Reading →

Swim team reunites after summer training

Off-seasons do not exist for swimmers. Saluki coach Rick Walker said he thinks swimming is a year-long sport. “I don’t believe there’s another sport that has as long a continuous season as we do,” he said. Saluki swimmers and divers met collectively ... Continue Reading →

Salukis embrace Olympic experience

Swimming coach Rick Walker said he enjoyed his time at the Summer Olympics and would go back if given the opportunity, but that is not his main goal. “If my work brings me to that, fine,” he said. “I’m more concentrated on trying to get our kids ... Continue Reading →
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